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L'Oreal Colour Minerals Eye Shadow
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
L'Oreal Colour Minerals Eye Shadow
Advantages: Nice colour, nice shimmer.
Disadvantages: Terrible packaging, difficult to apply, makes a mess everywhere.
I first bought this colour minerals eyeshadow a few years ago and paid the pricely sum of around £6 (I can't remember exactly) however since then I have picked up another couple of colours and paid just £1 from Poundland. Shopping around you should be able to find it pretty cheaply these days but when I first bought it, it was pretty new out and I was young and had money to spend on such luxuries back then but these days I wouldn't consider spending £6 on an eyeshadow.
I have a couple of colours, my initial purchase was a glittery silver but the other two were a very pale pink much like the picture above and a pale blue colour. All come packaged in the same way which is rather unique and a bit fiddly if I'm honest. The pot is small in height but quite wide in width which makes it easy enough to hold. The very bottom is a small part which holds the 95% pure mineral eyeshadow with a silver band around halfway up. The is a screw off part that allows you to turn the attached brush upside down to dip into the colour and apply to your eyelids. The very top of the pot has a transparent plastic lid to protect the brush. However I have found it is pretty useless at staying on the small clip things to hold the lid in place just aren't strong enough to hold on in my make up box farless being put in a regular bag to take out with you. I do however like that the pot is transparent as it means I can easily see the eyeshadow without having to take off a lid or open a compact so it's a few seconds of time saving.
When I opened the eyeshadow I started the process of getting to the powder so I first removed the lid which was very easy at it isn't strong enough to stay clipped on so it pops off with no trouble, then you have to unscrew the band and i was surprised to find a shaker pot style underneath to prevent too much product coming out however this is where the eyeshadow doesn't work, firstly you can shake the pot up and down to release some powder onto the top of the shaker however it also means that the brush you take off is left with lots of powder and no way to get into it so it ends up all over the floor, furniture, your clothes and anything else in close proximity. The only other way to get to the powder is to shake it onto a surface, dish or whatever which isn't very helpful if you had to take it out the touch it up at any point.
To apply the brush is awkward the band is rather small and difficult to hold strongly enough without it flipping everywhere, as it is a shaker style underneath the powder gets all over your fingers and the brush itself isn't very long which makes it difficult to apply. Once the brush picks up some of the eyeshadow it holds onto it pretty well but it can pick up too much and I find I have to tap the brush to get rid of any excess otherwise I end up with clumpy awful looking eyes. The brush however is soft against my lids and I have to admit I much prefer this style of applicator than the sponge type. Once the eyeshadow was on my eyelids I found that it blended rather well and left me with a very subtle hint of colour and quite a lot of shimmer actually. I found that there was powder over my cheeks which could be from the brush or the inside of the pot, I'm not entirely sure but this is one messy eyeshadow to apply let me tell you.
I like that the colour is subtle and you can build it up but I think this is just a little too lacking in colour because when you do build it up you look like you're trying some sort of drag performance, it's far too shimmery and it makes my lids feel heavy so I tend to do just 2 sweeps over my lids and leaving the very muted colour with a slight shine to it. It doesn't crease I haven't found, I think it's a little too light to crease but it does tend to fade pretty quickly and the shimmering is gone which defeats the purpose of spending all that time fiddling with the packaging I think!
If there was any left by the time I came to remove it it wiped off easily with a make up remover wipe and I suffered no dryness or eye irritation from using this. I found that the blue was better than the pink one as it was more pigmented and less shimmery but the packaging problem remained. I don't mind using it occasionally when I have time to faff about but on a regular daily basis for something that isn't necessary I don't have the luxury of time to be messing about with silly pots of eyeshadow. I don't mind it for £1 but I wouldn't rush out to buy it.
Summary: An OK eyeshadow for £1 but I wouldn't rush out to buy one.
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